The dawn of the purposeful ad agency

15:10 PM (14 Hours ago) Opinion
As 2015 draws to a close, the industry is cataloguing the state of its business affairs in terms of new business acquisitions, sales, staff turnover, revenues, BEE ratings and creative rankings. So says Y&R South Africa CEO Andrew Welch and COO Graham Lang. 

It's all about flower power in the latest issue of Wedding Inspirations

14:10 PM (15 Hours ago) Media News
Wedding Inspirations has gone crazy for flowers in the new Summer 2015 issue, now on sale in leading retailers nationwide. Find flower-embellished wedding gowns, floral bridesmaids’ dress ideas and inspiration for everything from a living fern wall to a wedding theme that’s all about the blooms.

Media24 journalists honoured at Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards

13:49 PM (16 Hours ago) Awards
Media24 scooped two awards at the 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards on Friday, 27 November. The awards honour excellence in reporting and producing good stories.

The frog in the pot (in the media industry)

13:27 PM (16 Hours ago) Opinion
Wow how fast the world changes. This fact was made more evident once again when a few days ago, my mentor and friend, Harry Herber gave me a copy of the March 1998 Advantage Magazine. (Remember it? Courtesy John Farquhar?) So says Chris Botha, Group MD of The MediaShop. 

Uber partnering for Canadian electro duo, DVBBS for VIP experience in Durban

13:14 PM (16 Hours ago) Media News
Uber is partnering with superstar DJ’s DVBBS to give one lucky Uber rider, in Durban, a chance to win the ultimate VIP experience with the Canadian electro duo. 

Su Little joins Platinum Seed

13:08 PM (16 Hours ago) People on the Move
Digital technology & marketing company, Platinum Seed, which recently launched it’s proprietary Social CRM tool, Continuon, is expanding its team with Su Little, the noteworthy social media, digital and CRM specialist. Little begins her role as head of Strategy and CRM from 2016. 

Lwandile Fikeni crowned Arts Journalist of the Year

12:55 PM (16 Hours ago) Awards
The National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) have announced the winners of the 2015 Arts Journalism Awards in Johannesburg, naming freelance writer Lwandile Fikeni as overall Arts Journalist of the Year

PASSOP and NATIVE VML turning refugees into human beings

12:27 PM (17 Hours ago) Social Media News
The negative news coverage surrounding the Syrian refugees in Europe created social tensions globally. The media has an important impact on the lives of asylum seekers and their level of integration into society. Some argue that the media has dehumanised refugees and created a false crisis.

Black Friday sets social media alight

12:20 PM (17 Hours ago) Social Media News
Mentions of Black Friday among South African social media users leapt by more than 300% this year compared to 2014, with Checkers, Dionwired and Pick n Pay ranking as the most talked-about brands on the day. That’s according to data collected from the Social Studio media monitoring platform that was analysed by digital customer engagement agency, 25AM.

Athandiwe Sikade wins Nal’ibali’s storytelling competition

12:14 PM (17 Hours ago) CSI
Seven-year-old Athandiwe Sikade of Khayelitsha in Cape Town has been announced the winner of Nal’ibali’s storytelling competition, Story Bosso. 

FCB Joburg brings you the newest Toyota Aygo ad

11:44 AM (18 Hours ago) Advertising News
Toyota Aygo, launched in 2011 to appeal to the younger, first-time buyer living in a household with monthly income exceeding R30 000, is back on the screen with a new TVC from FCB Johannesburg.

Enjoy animania on M-Net

11:17 AM (18 Hours ago) Media News
What do you call someone who is a little obsessed with animated films? In the world of M-Net Movies, these lovers of feel-good family films are known as “animaniacs” and for everyone who fits the bill, there’s a feast of wonderful animation films lined up these holidays. 

Triggerfish Animation Studios wins big at Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards

10:40 AM (19 Hours ago) Awards
At the recent Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA), Triggerfish Animation Studios was named the Overall Winner and Business of the Year. Triggerfish also took home the prize for the Business With Global Reach. 

Watch Miners Shot Down for free on ONTAPtv

9:51 AM (19 Hours ago) Media News announced the immediate availability of the award-winning documentary Miners Shot Down for streaming and download through its South African Video on Demand (VoD) service.

rAge takes home EXSA Award

9:39 AM (20 Hours ago) Awards
Nothing can stop rAge’s momentum as the expo walked away with a Gold Award for Best Exhibition in the Consumer Exhibition (over 10 000 square metres and above) category at the EXSA (Exhibition & Event Association of Southern Africa) Awards on Wednesday, 25 November.

Nazareth House goes digital to raise millions for abandoned children

15:35 PM (3 Days ago) CSI
It is Tuesday, 17 November, and it’s time for lunch and the row of high chairs is filled with smiling, expectant faces. Some singing the chorus of Old MacDonald, while one mischievous tyke plays fetch with a caregiver who bends down to retrieve the ball every time it’s thrown to the floor.

Gloo@Ogilvy continue their winning streak

15:26 PM (3 Days ago) Awards

Gloo@Ogilvy – Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) South Africa’s full-service digital and customer agency – was announced Digital Agency of the Year at the annual Financial Mail AdFocus Awards

Afrikaans is plesierig for newspaper readers

15:14 PM (3 Days ago) Media News
Most South African newspaper readers can read their news in English, but that does not mean that it is their preference. Research shows that 83% of Afrikaans speakers prefer to read in their own language. The establishment and the longevity of Die Burger is testament to this and the newspaper has grown along with Afrikaans as a language.

Broken Monsters Charity Art Show raises R450 000 for Book Dash

14:57 PM (3 Days ago) Media News
South African creatives created artworks on pages ripped from Lauren Beukes’ latest novel, Broken Monsters, and donated them to the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show brought to you by Nando’s, which has raised R450 000 for Book Dash so far.

King James takes home AdFocus Awards Large Agency of the Year gong

14:22 PM (3 Days ago) Awards
Ending off what has undoubtedly been a year of fine successes for the agency, King James Group was crowned Large Agency of the Year at the Annual AdFocus Awards held in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.

Join Jacaranda FM for Carols by Candlelight this December

14:16 PM (3 Days ago) Events
Lira, Elvis Blue, Loyiso Bala and Matthew Mole are just some of the artists you can expect to see at Jacaranda FM & Spar Carols by Candlelight which takes place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Tuesday, 1 December and at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 2 December.

Social media in 2015: The good, bad and the silver lining

14:02 PM (3 Days ago) Editorial Desk
Running a campaign on social media is one of the most effective ways for brands and businesses to reach an audience. The danger in running a social campaign is that if it goes wrong, it goes viral. But if it goes right, you can not only get noticed, but you can attract new customers with the click of a button. 

Bookmarks Awards 2016, Special Honours, Publishing and Platforms categories explained

13:24 PM (3 Days ago) Awards
With the deadline for entries to the prestigious IAB SA Bookmark Awards extended to 30 November, digital marketers have one last opportunity to enter and do battle for the industry’s most coveted awards across eight categories, of which the Platform category is one.

Holiday Swap KZN wins Drum Content Award

12:37 PM (3 Days ago) Awards
Holiday Swap KZN, the South African reality TV show which showcased holiday activities in KwaZulu-Natal while exploring the breath-taking landscape of the province – has won a major international content marketing award.

Trend Report: GoT, Google and getting congratulated by the ANC

12:09 PM (3 Days ago) Trending
Every Friday the Media Update team takes a look at the hottest online and social media trends. After several debates and a few cups of coffee, we pick the best ones and put together a little summary for you.

M&C Saatchi named Agency of the Year at 2015 AdFocus Awards

11:41 AM (3 Days ago) Awards
After years of near-misses, M&C Saatchi Abel was named Agency of the Year at the 2015 Annual AdFocus Awards, on Wednesday, 25 November, held at RoomFive, in Rivonia, Johannesburg.

Nubian Bride celebrates a summer of love

11:39 AM (3 Days ago) New on the Shelf

For summer, Nubian Bride has upped the ante, delivering what they call their most beautiful issue yet, jam packed with everything a bridal couple needs to prepare for their big day. 

Celebs take to the track for a great cause

11:25 AM (3 Days ago) CSI

A score of South African celebrities have lent their names to the Gauteng SANSUI Summer Cup’s official charity drive, 'Racing. It’s a Rush Celebrity Charity Dash'. The drive, on Saturday, 28 November 2015 hopes to bring smiles to thousands of disadvantaged children this festive season.

Mary J Blige is coming to SA

11:15 AM (3 Days ago) Entertainment
Multi Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Mary J. Blige, is set to raise the roof with her trademark heartfelt performance at the BET Experience Africa at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg on Saturday, 12 December.

PR takes stock at PRISA breakfast

10:48 AM (3 Days ago) Publicity News
Public relations has seen major change over the last 10 years, driven by digital communication and summed up in one word: disruption. This was the major talking point at the inaugural Public Relations Institute of South Africa (PRISA) networking breakfast, succinctly titled PR: Today, tomorrow and the next five years? 

H&M goes Guerrilla

10:48 AM (3 Days ago) Marketing News

When H&M entered the South African market, the Swedish brand, did it with an outdoor blitz. Making use of Johannesburg’s top outdoor sites in the Sandton CBD.

To light beer, or not to light beer? That is the question

10:47 AM (3 Days ago) Marketing News
Amstel Lite has just released a new through-the-line campaign that makes consumers think twice about why they drink the beer they drink. 

Cricket South Africa hit fan engagement for six

10:33 AM (3 Days ago) Social Media News
Better content and increasing fan engagement are the holy grails of the social media world and when a local sporting body sees a surge into the thousands of likes and comments on their Facebook page, they must be doing something right.

M-Net cleans up at PromaxBDA Africa 2015 Awards

10:27 AM (3 Days ago) Awards

M-Net won 24 accolades at the PromaxBDA Africa 2015 Awards held at the Maslow in Sandton on Friday, 20 November.

HDI Youth and Pick n Pay partnership wins it an Adfocus Award

10:25 AM (3 Days ago) Marketing News
Of the 14 Adfocus Awards that were presented on Thursday, 26 November at Room 5 in Rivonia, Johannesburg, the Best Partnership Award sponsored by Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS), was taken by HDI Youth and Pick n Pay.

HDI Youth Marketeers score more silverwear

10:02 AM (3 Days ago) Awards

African market specialists, HDI Youth Marketeers have taken home the best Partnership of the Year Award at the Annual AdFocus Awards with their long standing client, Pick n Pay. 

Heavy Chef is bringing Rich Mulholland to Cape Town

9:52 AM (3 Days ago) Marketing News
On Tuesday, 8 December 2015 at World Wide Creative’s studio in Cape Town, Rich Mulholland will talk about how to master the art of delivering effective presentations and the principles behind this fundamental skill. 

Trend forecast: Content marketing in 2016 (Part 1)

15:33 PM (4 Days ago) Editorial Desk
For the most part of this year, content marketing has been ‘the next big thing’. It’s everywhere, and South African brands and businesses have finally begun to realise its value.  

Award-winning Miners Shot Down to be broadcast on [ED] this November

15:19 PM (4 Days ago) Media News
[ED], the first South African channel to air the International Emmy Award-winning documentary Miners Shot Down, will repeat the documentary again this weekend following its acclaim.

Six tips to better engage with your audience

14:37 PM (4 Days ago) Opinion
So you’ve managed to direct more traffic to your website. What now? Eduard Marais, CEO and co-founder of Kwikweb, offers six tips on engaging with your audience.

AfriDocs takes an honest look at climate change

14:36 PM (4 Days ago) Media News

The start of December signals the beginning of #ClimateChangeWeek, AfriDocs’ annual week-long film event devoted to some of the most important environmental documentaries from across the globe. 

Disruption is everywhere - Angus Robinson

14:29 PM (4 Days ago) Marketing News
On Wednesday, 25 November, Sandton was the venue for the NATIVE VML Foundation Educational In-reach Session. Hosted by agency co-founder and mobile, content, community and media director Angus Robinson, the session focused on the hottest digital trends of 2015.

Win at social media in 5 steps

13:53 PM (4 Days ago) Opinion
As social media continues to grow, many brands are still a bit unsure about how they can harness it in a way that drives better relationships with their customers. Bianca Quinn-Diavastos, head of Business Solutions and Strategy at 25AM provides five starting points for shaping a social media strategy that will pay off for your brand. 

Appeal to low-income customers with ChiChi Sponsored Call Marketing

11:40 AM (4 Days ago) Opinion
Consumer brands in South Africa spend millions of Rands every year on billboard, TV, radio and print advertising. But it’s getting more and more difficult (and expensive) to capture and hold people’s attention. Patrick Palmi, CEO of, explains his company’s new sponsored call marketing plan, and how it aims to tackle this. 

No horsing around in the new Carling Black Label ad

11:11 AM (4 Days ago) Advertising News

Five thoroughbred horses trained and conditioned for six weeks. More than 160 hours spent rigging equipment in six locations. A cable camera rig spanning 40 meters above the city streets. Six days of location shooting. These are some of the components in the creation of the latest Carling Black Label ad, shot in September with Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town and Velocity Films. 

Egg Films’ Sunu makes Bakers magic

10:54 AM (4 Days ago) Behind The Ad

Egg Films’ Sunu directed M&C Saatchi Abel’s new Bakers ad.  After a successful collaboration on Freshpak Rooibos earlier this year, Sunu jumped at the opportunity to work with M&C Saatchi Abel again and add his signature touch of warmth to another South African brand.

Aces Brew Worx brings a fresh look to craft beer

10:36 AM (4 Days ago) In Focus
How do you make yourself stand out in a market which, by its very definition, sees itself as a distinct alternative to a mass produced product? This is a problem Dyllan and Lliam Roach, founders of Aces Brew Worx, know all about, having worked in the craft beer industry for over seven years.

The Voice South Africa names their presenters

10:34 AM (4 Days ago) Media News
Well-known television personality Lungile Radu has been tasked with hosting The Voice South Africa, M-Net's local version of the popular international vocal talent search. At the same time, viewers can welcome a fresh new face into their homes. Vibrant radio personality Stacey Norman will do duty as The Voice SA’s very own V-reporter. 

Sunday Times welcomes new editor, Bongani Siqoko

9:59 AM (4 Days ago) Media News
Times Media has announced that Daily Dispatch editor, Bongani Siqoko, has been appointed editor of the Sunday Times. Siqoko will replace Phylicia Oppelt who has accepted a senior position within the group as general manager, editorial projects.

ELLE names their 2015 Rising Star

9:49 AM (4 Days ago) Awards

Young Moroccan fashion designer, Hamza Guelmouss’s life changed in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 25 November when he took home top honours at the ELLE Rising Star Design Awards held at Hyde Park.

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